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Applications are now closed for this programme.

The Cambridge Global Summer Programme offers participants a unique opportunity to draw upon a rich reserve of knowledge and to consolidate their learning in a variety of ways. All will benefit immensely from the exchange of ideas with lecturers and with other GSP students. Participants must normally be from IARU member institutions, but a limited number of places are available for students at institutions of equally high standing.

Predicting the future has been, and still is, a part of every society. Visionaries, philosophers, rulers, warmongers, astronomers, economists, businessmen, politicians and scientists all try to anticipate the future. Using specific examples from both past and present, our ‘visions of the future’ draw on beliefs, astronomy, medicine, climate change, scientific discovery, international relations and development, financial crises, disease, war and space travel. Which predictions came true? Which proved false? Debate - naturally - includes predictions about our own future. Additional plenary talks set discussions in context. Students write - and have supervisions - on related historical, philosophical or literary topics.


Programme dates

09 Jul 2017 to 29 Jul 2017

Apply by

09 May 2017


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